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Puna man, 41, indicted in alleged attack on his son

Leila Fujimori
COURTESY HAWAII COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
                                Stanton Joaquin was indicted March 27 on charges of felony assault, abuse and terroristic threatening for hitting his son on the head with a gas canister torch.
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COURTESY HAWAII COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

Stanton Joaquin was indicted March 27 on charges of felony assault, abuse and terroristic threatening for hitting his son on the head with a gas canister torch.

A Hilo grand jury indicted a 41-year-old Puna man on felony assault and abuse charges for allegedly striking his 21-year-old son’s head on March 20, Hawaii County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen announced today in a news release.

Stanton A. Joaquin allegedly struck his son with a gas canister torch, which fractured his skull and caused bleeding in his cranium, police reports said.

He was indicted on March 27 on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony abuse of a family member, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and misdemeanor abuse of a family member.

Joaquin was initially charged by complaint March 22 in Hilo District Court, and was released after posting $22,000 bail.

First-degree assault, the most serious offense, a Class B felony, is punishable by a 10-year prison term or five years probation and up to 18 months in jail.

The Prosecutor’s Office offers the following advice: “If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please go to a safe place and call a trusted friend or relative for support. If you choose, you can call 911 to report the abuse to the police.”

Call the Child and Family Services 24-Hour Abuse Hotline at 808-322-7233 in West Hawaii and 808-959-8864 in East Hawaii.

Anyone with information to assist local law enforcement should call Hawaii County CrimeStoppers at 808-961-8300.

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